In the United States most youth and young adults including those with special health care needs and their parents, receive limited or no transition preparation, transfer assistance, and facilitated integration into adult care. According to Gabriel, a result of unsuccessful transitioning, many are at risk for lower than expected health literacy, discontinuity of care, delays in securing an adult medical home and specialty care, problems with treatment adherence, dissatisfaction with care, excess morbidity and even mortality. Bridges is for-profit organization that helps youth with special health care needs (YSHCN) and the families transitioning from a pediatric health care system to an adult health care system. Bridges offers these services to insurance companies as a coordinated care package to successfully help transition and provide care coordination services to their members. Bridges helps bridge the transition gap by making the transition process as smooth as possible for families and healthcare organizations.
|Commitee:||O'Lawrence, Henry, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
|Keywords:||Adult health care, Special health care needs, Transitioning, Youth with special health care needs|
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